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October 25, 2016, 1:20 AM

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter may cut 8% of workforce, or 300 people, as soon as this week  —  Twitter Inc. is planning widespread job cuts, to be announced as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The company may cut around 8 percent of the workforce, or about 300 people …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung: South Korean customers who exchanged their Galaxy Note7 for an S7 will be able to trade for Galaxy Note8 or S8 next year at 50% of the cost of their S7  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it is offering an upgrade program to Galaxy Note 7 customers in South Korea who trade …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times is buying online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Brian Lam; sources say NYT will pay more than $30M  —  The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.  The Times will pay more than $30 million …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
IDC: Q3 smartwatch shipments down 51.6% YoY to 2.7M with Apple Watch down 72% YoY to 1.1M units, but the impact of new Apple Watch models remains to be seen  —  Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch?  According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
MasterCard links MasterPass to Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Microsoft Wallet to let cardholders more easily complete purchases online using device authentication  —  The integration means users of Android Pay, Samsung Pay, or Microsoft Wallet will be able to complete online transactions at any merchant site that accepts MasterPass.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple releases iOS 10.1 with the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode, which is still in beta  —  Apple has just released the first significant update for iOS 10.  As expected, the main focus of iOS 10.1 is that insane Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus.  The update is rolling out and is available …
Jason D. Rowley / Mattermark:
Google acquires Eyefluence, an eye-tracking tech firm for AR and VR  —  tl;dr: Google has acquired Eyefluence, which has developed a suite of eyeball-sensing technologies for AR and VR, for an undisclosed sum.  —  Today, Eyefluence quietly announced on its website that it has been acquired by Google.
Blaise Zerega / VentureBeat:
Paxata gets $33.5M Series D led by Intel Capital for machine learning for information management, with Microsoft Ventures, In-Q- Tel, Accel, more participating  —  Paxata today announced it has raised $33.5 million to bolster the machine learning and semantic analysis foundations of its enterprise information platform.
iFixit:
Google Pixel XL teardown reveals little HTC branding, a 6/10 repairability score due to fragile screen, but most components are modular and easy to replace  —  Tools Featured in this Teardown  —  Introduction  —  Today marks our first ever teardown of a phone designed entirely by Google: the Pixel XL.
Reuters:
In wake of botnet DDoS attack on DynDNS, Hangzhou Xiongmai issues US recall of webcam models that had easy-to-guess default passwords  —  Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Ltd said it will recall some of its products sold in the United States after it was identified by security researchers …

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IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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